CNN announces January debate in South Carolina
May 19th, 2011
03:12 PM ET
3 years ago

CNN announces January debate in South Carolina

(CNN) – CNN and the Southern Republican Leadership Conference (SRLC) will host a Republican presidential town hall debate in Charleston, South Carolina just weeks before voters weigh in at the polls in that state's pivotal primary.

"On behalf of the Southern Republican Conference Board of Directors, we are very excited to be working with CNN on this important presidential town hall debate," said Ed McMullen, chairman of the SRLC board of directors. "We look forward to hosting our 2012 presidential candidates, and showcasing their conservative ideas."

The debate will be held January 19, 2012.

The South Carolina presidential primary, traditionally the first to be held among the southern states, is often a key proving ground for presidential aspirants. The 2012 primary is tentatively scheduled to be held in mid February.

"Because of South Carolina's role as the first-in-the-South, as well as the many southern states that vote on Super Tuesday, this debate provides 2012 GOP hopefuls an occasion to reach their key constituency in South Carolina and throughout the southern region," said Sam Feist, Washington bureau chief and a senior vice president of CNN.

The debate will be part of the SRLC's biennial conference, a gathering that brings top Republican activists, donors, candidates, and elected officials together for three days of speeches, issue briefings, and political training from candidates, party leaders, and other prominent conservatives.

soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Date? Will this come before or after those couple of 'rogue states' (like Florida) who bumped their primary dates ahead of the previously agreed upon schedule? Last I heard Florida was moving ahead with its' own schedule, which might put this debate after the Florida primary. Debates during primary season. Interesting.

    May 19, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    Uh – I have more important things to do. WHY listen to the liars? I don't want any of their ignorance and hate rubbing off on me.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    May 19, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  3. Robert Vukovic

    They should open the debate with a chorus of Send in the Clowns

    May 19, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  4. Jay

    Yawn. Next channel please.

    May 19, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Please don't debate about the deficit or the economy but debate about Arnold S and Maria S., that way Sarah Palin can show up in the debates.

    May 19, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  6. LeftCoastMike

    Oh how exciting ..... for every angry old white southern revisionist tea bagger slob. South Carolina, the original traitor state, first in the hearts of slave owners, first the user of pesticides and herbicides for all those Medicare golf courses, and now, first to provide a SNL can't miss comedy sketch for the political season. Nobody cares.

    May 19, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  7. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    CNN and CSPAN have become the Fox-lite networks showcasing lies and hate around the clock.

    May 19, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  8. LeftSouthOpenedMind

    The only real question for the SRLC is what to wear? White robes with pointed hoods or clown suits?

    May 19, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  9. Debby

    Well should be interesting to say the least. Romney will get attacked for his healthcare plan by all the nominee's. LOL

    May 19, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  10. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    I bet the CNN debate will have more wannabes than the Fox No News one did.

    May 19, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |